A FINE MESS FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS
Local residents are struggling to pay back mountains of debt from infringement fines and their administration fees.
State Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley is regularly contacted by local residents who are facing financial hardship as a result of unpaid fines and yesterday raised their concerns in Parliament.
Ms Graley asked the Attorney-General, Martin Pakula what options are available to assist people in paying their infringement debts.
Quotes attributable to the Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley MP
“There is no doubt that many local residents are struggling with unpaid fines, in some cases we have people who are facing bills in the thousands of dollars,”
“It is such a big ask for many local families and I will continue to speak up on their behalf and work with the Attorney-General to ensure they receive the assistance they need.”
24 February 2016
Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — My question is to the Attorney-General and concerns infringement fines.
What options are available to assist people in paying their infringement debts?
Many local residents contact my office seeking help with their unpaid fines and the administration fees that very quickly add up. In fact almost 30,000 residents in the City of Casey currently owe $102 million in traffic fines. It is an outstanding and alarming fact.
In many cases local residents have multiple unpaid fines and with the administration fees are facing bills of thousands, indeed tens of thousands, of dollars.
The wonderful team at Casey North Community Information and Support Service do an outstanding job helping many of these people in our community, but they cannot do it all.
So I repeat: what actions are available to assist people in paying their infringement debts?